2018–19 Edward T. Cone Concert Series Performers Announced

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The 2018–19 Edward T. Cone Concert Series, curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, will offer a captivating series of musical performances for all to experience. In his third season as Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study, Lang will guide participants through an array of vibrant and innovative works performed by Vox Clamantis Choir, Zoë Keating, Nicholas Phan, and a joint concert by Paul Lazar and Sandbox Percussion.

“This season marks the finale in my three-year series titled “The Pattern Makers,” about the different ways that patterns participate in the building of larger musical structures,” said Lang.

The season will open on October 19 and 20 with the Grammy Award-winning Vox Clamantis Choir from Estonia, singing both Gregorian Chant and contemporary music based on Gregorian Chant, and including the American premiere of a new work by composer Arvo Pärt, one of the great composers of our time.

On November 30 and December 1, composer and cellist Zoë Keating, will be performing long musical phrases on her cello, using various technologies to record them on the spot, superimpose them, and build up dense layers of melodies that collide dramatically on top of each other.

On February 1 and 2, the young superstar tenor Nicholas Phan will sing Franz Schubert's 1823 masterpiece of storytelling “Die Schöne Müllerin” accompanied by pianist Myra Huang. This concert is supported by a grant from the PNC Foundation.

The season will conclude on March 8 and 9 as acclaimed film and theater actor Paul Lazar delivers John Cage's revolutionary lecture “Indeterminacy”, accompanied by and coexisting with Cage's rhythmically propulsive percussion music, performed by Sandbox Percussion.

Composer David Lang became Artist-in-Residence in July 2016 and continues his appointment in 2018–19, to pursue his creative and intellectual work, and exchange ideas with scholars from all disciplines. As part of the program, Lang curates the Edward T. Cone Concert Series, named for noted composer, teacher, pianist and author Edward T. Cone, a tireless supporter of the arts and humanities at the Institute and elsewhere. The Artist-in-Residence Program was established in 1994 to underscore the Institute’s dedication to scholarly and artistic endeavors.

Support for the 2018–19 concert series is provided by the Edward T. Cone Foundation.

October 19 & 20: Vox Clamantis Choir

November 30 & December 1: Zoë Keating

February 1 & 2: Nicholas Phan

March 8 & 9: Paul Lazar and Sandbox Percussion.

All concerts in the series will take place at 8:00 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall at the Institute. Concert talks, providing discussions of the music in the program and related topics, will be held each Friday following the performance.

The concerts are free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved online. Seating is limited. For further information about tickets and the Institute’s Artist-in-Residence program, visit www.ias.edu/air.